I love paper, I love type, and I love printing. Ephemeral items comprising any of those elements will attract my attention.
So when I found a pile of funeral notices from the 1880s and 90s at Chief Salvage I couldn’t resist taking them home and pouring over them like an old novel. Aside from their typographic beauty, the individual notices contain so much mystery!
Who were these people? How did this little collection of notices survive? Who collected them?
Here is a close-up of the one on the left:
Notice how large the full-stops and commas are and their skewed positioning in the close-up above. Shortage of type for the press or a new type trend?
If you hold them up to the light, you can see how beautiful the paper is. In the last two photos, you can see the watermarks:
Most are from Cannington, and surrounding areas, about an hour’s drive, north of Toronto. I think a visit to the cemeteries mentioned in these notices is in order this Spring. So, stay tuned for part two!